UN Security Council criticizes Russia for overnight seizure of Ukraine’s nuclear power plant

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The United Nations Security Council held an emergency meeting on Friday after Russia attacked a nuclear power plant in south-eastern Ukraine.
In the meeting, the United States and its allies criticized Russia for its overnight seizure of Ukraine’s nuclear facility.
U.S. representative Linda Thomas-Greenfield said Russia’s invasion was “reckless” and “dangerous.”

“By the grace of God, the world narrowly averted a nuclear catastrophe last night. We all waited to exhale as we watched the horrific situation unfold in real-time. I applaud the ability of the Ukrainian operators to keep all six reactors in safe conditions while under attack and to report as they were able to their nuclear regulator.”

She added that as Russian troops are 32 kilometers away from another nuclear facility, there is still “imminent danger” while demanding assurances from Moscow that such an assault would not happen again.
UK, France, Ireland, and other allies on the Security Council condemned Russia for the attack.
They said it was against international humanitarian law and urged Moscow to refrain from targeting nuclear facilities with military forces.

Meanwhile, Russia’s U.N. ambassador rejected claims that Russia’s military had attacked the plant, calling them “untrue” and part of “an unprecedented campaign of lies and disinformation against Russia.”
He added its troops are guarding the site after overnight shelling.
In response, Ukraine’s U.N. Ambassador dismissed Russia’s claim as a lie while accusing Russia of committing “an act of nuclear terrorism.”

Russian troops seized the nuclear power plant after heavy fighting on Friday, which caused huge flames in one of its buildings.
According to the UN’s atomic watchdog, the fire has been extinguished, and no radioactive material was released.
This has triggered global alarm, with millions of Europeans at risk of radiation fallout as the nuclear plant is the biggest nuclear facility in Europe.

According to the UN, more than 1.2 million people have fled Ukraine into neighboring countries since Russia’s invasion on February 24th, including about half a million children.
To deal with the situation, the European Union has offered temporary protection for refugees fleeing Ukraine.
The UN reported over 670 civilians have been injured and around 330 killed, including 19 children.

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